Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz must wait another day; MLB Draft Rounds 2-15 today; 16-40 on Wednesday

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Above: Rio Ruiz throws out the first pitch at Monday night’s SGV All-Star game

By Aram Tolegian
Only a few months ago, June 4 figured to be one of the biggest days of Bishop Amat High School baseball standout Rio Ruiz’s life.

It was the first round and supplemental round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. But Monday’s festivities came and went without Ruiz’s name being called.

Call him the victim of bad luck, but Ruiz still has plenty going for him.

The once first-round projection with freakish power for a high school player figures to be selected at some point today during rounds 2-15. Then, the decision will be whether to start a career as a professional baseball player or to play at USC.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Ruiz said from his home on Monday. “I’m not in control of what goes on with the teams and their decisions. I did my part. I played my game. It’s just ultimately up to them.”

Ruiz was robbed of most of his senior season after suffering a blood clot in his arm that requires medication to this day. He’s expected to be done with medical treatment in mid-June, but what should have been his opportunity to end a stellar prep career with a bang turned him into a spectator in the dugout.

It also likely killed his chances to be taken on the first day of the draft. The blood clot was just one stroke of bad luck Ruiz had during his senior year at Amat. As a quarterback for the football team, Ruiz suffered a knee injury toward the end of the season that caused him to miss time.

“There’s really nothing I could do about it,” Ruiz said. “In football, I put myself in a situation where I could get hurt and I did. Then baseball came and God works in special ways and it wasn’t a way that I agreed with, but I just have to follow his ways and I will end up coming out even stronger.”

Another thing that didn’t help Ruiz’s cause on Monday was he and his father Rudy told interested teams his signing threshold was top-10 money. The figure was not disclosed, but Rudy Ruiz felt it was high enough to prevent teams from selecting his son.

When and where Ruiz is selected today likely will determine what Ruiz decides as far as USC or an early run at a pro career.

Either way, he’s satisfied.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Ruiz said. “That’s the only way I look at it. You couldn’t really go wrong with either one.

“I either get an education, play college ball and live the college life, or start my pro career. which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Ruiz isn’t the only local high school player who could be taken as soon as today. Bonita pitcher Justin Garza has big-league hopes after a dominating prep career that ended Friday with a CIF-SS title.

Los Altos shortstop Joe Munoz has pro aspirations and could hear his name called at some point today. So could Diamond Ranch’s Dylan Goodwin and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor.

Former Bonita standout and current UCLA outfielder Jeff Gelalich was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 57th overall pick Monday.

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  • Lancelot

    Best of luck to Rio and all of the SGV’s Draft Hopefuls….May all your hard work pay off and your dreams come true. Playing Professional baseball or going to college to play baseball is a very special thing that not all get to decide, regardless of which path you choose, best of luck now and in the future.

  • Bonita

    Also, good luck to Jeff Galalich from UCLA and Bonita and Justin Garza from Bonita….both should go in the first few rounds. Proud to be a Bearcat!!!

  • SGV Fan

    Good luck Justin! We remember your last game like it was ah Friday!

  • Sgv baller

    They project rio at 50. That is still pretty good . Garza is not listed in the top 62. He was listed at 83 best high school players and cj saylor at 87 0n espn. Count all the college players in the draft. I see garza and saylor going in later rounds .

  • Sgv baller

    Congrats to Jeff gelalich drafted number 57 by the reds . No other valley player chosen after 59 picks.

  • trojanlar

    Good Luck Rio, I hope you go as high in the Draft is possible.
    I know you have a dream to play for SC, but Frank Cruz is a bum!!!!!!!
    Was at LMU, is at SC!

  • Congrats Jeff G. I know this has been said b-4, but this could not have happened to a better kid. Awesome, awesome kid from a great family. I woulda signed him for baseball on just watching him play football. Jeff plays HARD! Congrats, well deserved…from Parra.

  • Don


  • sgv baller

    Congrats to Daniel Robertson from Upland in the 34th round. No Rio after 60,,,,,,,

  • Just an observation

    Hey SGV ballers just an observation after reading the above article….let your agent decide the salary level where you will go not your dad. They are trained professionals so listen to their advice. Good luck to the rest of the valley in the draft.

  • Lancelot

    The minor leagues are filled with guys who didn’t go to school, let alone don’t have USC degrees….Get the education and if baseball is your passion, you will rise to the Top as a college player too. Then you will be a well educated rookie who has a USC degree to fall back on if things don’t go your way. Good Luck Rio! And lastly, to all those dirt bags lurking behind the keys of their computers, Stop it, Hatin’s bad!

  • SGV Fan

    Congrats to Los Altos’s Joe Muoz, going #90 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • SGV Fan

    Oh Good Rio and Wallace are once again on the same team.

  • rio should go to college

    Congrats to Rio, However he should go to college and get a education and get healthy. If he was healthy, he would have went first round. Lots of people get lost in the minors. Nothing is a lock. He should start his education, then attempt to go in top 10. This lower position was because of the injuries, he has had. His career is far from over, but he better get a insurance plan just in case baseball does not work out.

  • Sgv baller

    Rio went later rounds because his injury.teams knew also he most likely wouldn’t sign unless he got top ten money.he would of went late first round early second if they knew it was a guarantee he would sign.

  • mental game

    What happened to that Garza kid that pitched for Bonita? Undrafted? I’m a bit surprised. I guess 5’9″ – 155 lbs. doesn’t relate to the pros, huh?

  • Fred Fan

    “what should have been his opportunity to end a stellar prep career with a bang turned him into a spectator”

    I thought his career did end with a bang. More of a spike I guess.

  • Lancelot

    @Fred Fan- You’re an Idiot!

    Get a life Dude! I bet you’re the same guy who is trying to push this agenda all over the Blog on all the different threads. You’ve got issues, and they extend waaaaay beyond just your envy of this youngman. GROW UP!

  • Fred Fan


    Did I strike a nerve? Sorry facts can sometimes do that. Come to think of it, you’re right it wasn’t his career that ended with a bang. It was the career of someone else.